Department of History / Religious Studies / Urban Studies
203 Cockefair Hall
Christopher D. Cantwell, Assistant Professor History and Religious Studies (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; M.A. and Ph.D., Cornell University). My work explores the ways in which conceptions of manhood and masculinity have mediated the relationship between evangelical Protestantism and industrial capitalism throughout American history. Exploring this nexus has taken me in multiple directions, from considerations of class to collective memory, from radical politics to local historical societies. Currently I am completing a microhistory of a Bible Class teacher from Chicago's West Side who self identified as a fundamentalist while running for state, local, and national office on the Socialist Party Ticket. My other projects include an article on evangelical masculinities of gospel rescue missions, a history evangelical museums, and a collection of essays titled Between the Pew and the Picket Line: Working-Class Christianities of the Industrial Age (University of Illinois Press). In addition to my print work, I am also an advocate for digital scholarship. Before joining UMKC I was the Assistant Director of the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library in Chicago where I administered a number of scholarly programs and curated a number of digital history projects. The Social Science Research Council has also commissioned myself and Hussein Rashid to author a report on how digital media is changing the study of religion in the world today. At UMKC I teach courses in religious history, public history, and the digital humanities.